Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bircher Muesli with blueberries

This is a great portable breakfast when you are on the go. Simply place the first 3 ingredinets into a cup with a lid, give it a bit of a mix, leave overnight in the fridge and when you're just about to leave home, add a handful of blueberries. Voila! Breakfast is served :)


½ cup rolled oats
½ cup apple juice
½ cup low-fat natural yoghurt (honey flavoured)
¼ cup fresh blueberries

  1. Place the oats, juice and yoghurt in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Serve the bircher muesli topped with blueberries when ready to eat
Notes & Tips

Be sure to use traditional rolled oats and not instant oats as instant oats are more processed and not as filling.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

King's Indian Restaurant

King's Indian resturant describes itself as providng fine dining Indian cuisine. Now, I love eating Indian food but I tend to steer clear from fancy Indian places cause my experiences of it are that you often get stingy amounts of food for some exorbitant price that you could normally get at some family run Indian restaurant -you know, the kind of place that other Indians go to- that's how you know the food is authentic :) for a fraction of the price!
But (group discount website) was offering the following: $35 for 2 entrees, 2 mains, 2 orders of rice, 2 naan breads and 2 glasses of wine (usually $110). Not bad... so I bought the deal a couple of months ago and realising that it was gonna expire soon, made a booking with hubby to check this place out.

However, I was a bit worried about dining in this restaurant and what my experience would be like since I had read on some people's experiences were far from pleasant. For example, reviewers talked about being treated like second class citizens when they presented their vouchers and management/staff being rude. After reading these reviews, I pretty much sat through the entire evening anticipating that something bad was going to happen but alas, the service, food and the overall experience was quite lovely. Phew! (Maybe they took some tips from the customers/reviewers at and learnt from them????)

Upon arrival at the restaurant, hubby and I were greeted by a smiling waiter and seated by the window. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant wasn't completely packed- there were probably just 2 or 3 other tables with people dining.

The menu showed lots of good variety of Indian dishes- there were vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes as well as banquet options.

Angari Prawns $20.90

Since we were not limited with our choice of entree, we decided to opt for something more expensive on their entree menu- seafood options were more pricey than their vegetarian counterparts so we ordered the Angari prawns- marinated in yoghurt and cooked in a Tandoor oven. These prawns tasted absolutely delicious! They were well seasoned and pefectly cooked with a nice smoky bbq flavour from the Tandoor. Also really liked the spice powder that was sprinkled over the top. Not sure what it was though...

Machi Fry $19.90

The other entree we tried was the Machi Fry which were crispy fried flathead fillets marinated with Kishmiri chillies, ginger, garlic and battered with chickpea and cornflour.

One bite into the fish and immediately what struck me was how light and crispy the batter was with hardly any oil to be seen! I'd never had anything quite like it (it tasted even lighter than tempura batter). I was so surprised. The crispyness of the batter was a good contrast to the soft fish inside. Yum! This dish was so moreish!

Butter Chicken $18.90 & Lamb Korma $17.90

Unsure of how the food was going to measure up at the time of ordering, hubby and I decided to stick to some more common dishes for mains- butter chicken and lamb rogan josh.

Out of the two dishes I preferred the butter chicken dish as the chicken was moist and succulent whilst the sauce was really flavoursome with just the right hint of spicyness- great for dipping our naan bread! The lamb rogan josh was also enjoyable to eat as the lamb was quite tender and the sauce packed full of flavour. Both mains were generous serving sizes and provided lots of meat pieces- something that I wasn't expecting since I normally have to fish out the meat pieces in a pool of sauce at other Indian places.

Rice was also really nice with cumin seeds mixed through and garnished with some crispy shallots.

Garlic Naan $4.00

And finally, the garlic naan had good amounts of garlic as well as being nice and soft and not too oily.

Overall, the food at King's Indian restaurant is very good and the portions generous (hubby and I left the restaurant having to pick our bellies up from the floor cause we stuffed ourselves silly). Service was polite and the waiter we had was helpful when we were making our menu selection. The voucher made it all very great value for money however even without the voucher, the cost isn't considered over the top for "fine dining Indian". Our voucher included 2 glasses of wine but since hubby and I didn't want to drink wine we asked if we could swap it for some lassi but we couldn't so we opted for plain water instead. Funny that, I would've thought lassi would be less expense than wine... Ambience of the restaurant is nice- although I'm not sure about the hanging tv wall units that were playing bollywood music video clips. Plus I had some fingerprint marks on my plate- almost a fine dining experience... Would I go back? Maybe...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Curry Puffs

Makes 48


1 tablespoon oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
500g chicken mince
1 large potato, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
1 teaspoon ground chilli powder (½ teaspoon if using the hot variety)
2kg puff pastry,
1 egg, lightly beaten (for brushing pastry)
Sweet chilli sauce, to serve


 Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until soft. Increase heat to high. Add mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 4 minutes or until browned. Add potato and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Combine soy sauce, water, curry powder and chilli powder in a jug. Add to mince mixture. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until liquid has almost evaporated. Set aside to cool completely. (If possible, cool overnight in the refrigerator as the mince should set or harden to allow for the assembly of curry puffs the next day).

Using a 10 cm biscuit cutter, cut rounds from the puff pastry. Spoon 1 tablespoon mince mixture into centre of each pastry round. Fold pastry in half to enclose mixture and crimp the edges to secure the filling. Brush the curry puffs with egg wash and place on a greased baking tray. Bake in pre-heated oven at 200°C for 15 minutes or until golden.

Serve either hot or cold as a snack or starter

Char-grilled Vegetable Pizzettes

Recipe adapted from Recipes +, August 2011 issue, page 73
Serves 4


500g packet (4) Turkish rolls
125g store bought chunky basil dip
450g char-grilled mixed vegetables, drained, chopped
¾ cup grated cheese
30g baby rocket

  1. Preheat an oven-grill to high. Cut rolls in half horizontally. Place on a baking tray. Grill both sides until golden. Cool slightly.
  2. Spread cut side of rolls with basil dip; top with vegies and cheese. Grill for 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted. Season. Serve topped with rocket.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Moroccan Feast

This is the second time I've been to this restaurant but I didn't blog about this restaurant the first time I went which was in December 2010 (must've been busy with the Xmas season or something) so I thought I should write about it this time.

When you step inside the restaurant you instantly feel that you are transported to Morocco. The table tops are mosaic tiled, there are Moroccan themed coloured lanterns that hang from the ceilings as well as other ornaments like mosaic-style painted plates hanging on the walls and spice coloured fabrics cover the cushions that are placed on either the couches or chairs.

Even the toilet has a Moroccan theme! Here's a photo I took of a cupboard that stores toilet paper!

On both occasions that I dined at Moroccan Feast I had a discount voucher. My first voucher was from 'Jump On It': $39 for a 3 course meal and a bottle of wine, normally $80. This deal was pretty good value for money. I thoroughly enjoyed the food very much and I was sufficiently stuffed by the end of the night.

Spicy Meat Moroccan Cigars with Tahini~ 6 pieces $15; Rolled Eggplant stuffed with seasoned minced beef & topped with Tahini ~ 3 pieces $16

For entrée we ordered the spicy meat Moroccan cigars- kinda like a Moroccan version of spring rolls and rolled eggplant stuffed with beef. Both entrées were absolutely delicious.

Prawn tagine

For mains, hubby ordered the prawn tagine since he felt like eating some seafood but this dish was a bit ordinary in terms of flavour, maybe it wasn't the best choice for a tagine...

Lamb Tagine

Lamb tagine on the other hand is absolutely to die for- lamb meat falls off the bone effortlessly and is sweet tasting from the combination of apricots, caramelised onions and dates.

The dry, undercooked couscous is probably the only let down. Not even a topping of the tagine sauce can revive it.

Chocolate Soufflé $9 and Apple and Cinnamon Pie served with vanilla ice cream $8.50

Desserts were a bit ordinary and not very Moroccan- chocolate soufflé and apple pie!

My only suggestion for them would be to introduce some traditional style Moroccan desserts on their menu to cap off the Moroccan dining experience.

For drinks, instead of a bottle of wine we ordered home made lemonade with mint which was nice and refreshing and a perfect accompaniment to our meal.

My second voucher which I used on this occasion was from 'Spreets' and the offer was:
2 course feast for two including drinks $48 (valued at $96).

Second time around we didn't get a choice of what we wanted as an entrée  Instead we were given the Agadir Feast which was an assortment of salads served with pita bread and dips.

Agadir Feast~ a combination of 6 salads and dips $26; pita bread for dipping $1.80 a piece

Starting from the top, going from left to right there is the:

Chickpea salad, made with Moroccan Feast's special spice recipe
Tangier beetroot salad seasoned with the chef's spice mix
Smoked eggplant dip seasoned with garlic, lemon and salt
Red cabbage salad with coriander and fresh herbs
Lentil salad with capsicum, lemon and fresh herbs
Fez matbuha (tomato and capsicum dip with chilli and garlic)

All the salads and dips were delicious, very flavoursome and fresh tasting- my favourite was the smoked eggplant dip. It was great to sample so many different dishes

Lamb Tagine

For mains, hubby couldn't go pass the lamb tagine which we had ordered the first time we went to this restaurant and it was actually this dish that made me fall in love with this place. The lamb is melt in your mouth tenderness served with sweet dates, apricots, sultanas, almonds on a bed of couscous which was better this time since the sauce soaked into the couscous. The first time we dined here the couscous was served separately with some vegetables on the side and it tasted rather ordinary and a bit dry.

Chicken Marrakesh served on a bone with olives

Chicken was nicely cooked and again, the meat falling off the bone. Good flavour and generous portion size.

Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant if looking for authentic, honest, home style Moroccan food that is tasty, good value for money. Service the first time we went wasn't that good- we had a very grumpy looking waitress who hardly spoke to us and made us feel a bit like second class citizens for using a discount voucher but the second time we got a lovely gentleman that was very accommodating with our last minute booking, polite, friendly and not overbearing-  he checked on us every so often without it feeling like it was intrusive or constantly interrupting our meal, the waitress was no where in sight- maybe she had left?

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Pork & Sugar Snap Pea Noodles

Recipe adapted from Recipes +, August 2011 issue, page 45

Serves 4


800g packet fresh hokkien noodles
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large brown onion, cut into thin wedges
1½ teaspoons grated ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
500g pork mince
½ cup plum jam
150g sugar snap peas
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced diagonally
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

  1. Soak noodles in boiling water in a large heatproof bowl for 5 minutes; stir to separate strands; drain.
  2. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat, toast sesame seeds. Set aside. Add oil; swirl to coat surface. Add onion, garlic and ginger; stir fry for 3 minutes. Add mince; cook, stirring to break up lumps, for 3 minutes or until browned.
  3. Add plum jam, snow peas and carrots; stir fry for 2 minutes. Add noodles and sesame seed oil; stir fry until heated. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Notes & Tips

Use chicken mince instead of pork
Have all ingredients prepared before you start cooking
Gluten-free version: use rice noodles instead of hokkien
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